Is Buffett Right? Brand Values and Long-run Stock Returns
49 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2022
Date Written: June 26, 2022
An equal-weighted portfolio of Best Brands (BBs) in the U.S. earns an excess return of 25 to 35 bps per month during the period 2000-2020. This result is remarkably robust across various factor models and therefore is not driven by exposure to common (risk) factors. The excess returns of the BB portfolio are not due to firm characteristics, industry composition, or small-cap stocks. We provide evidence suggesting that expensing investments in brands (instead of capitalizing them) and the tendency to underestimate the effect of brand name on generating future earnings are two mechanisms contributing to the excess returns.
Keywords: Brand value, intangible assets, excess returns, undervaluation
JEL Classification: G01, G11, G14
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